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Local reaction to Doug Ford's comments on TDSB spending

Ford said the Toronto District School Board is using their budget shortfall as a 'scare tactic'
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Ontario premier Doug Ford. Chris Young/The Canadian Press

Premier Doug Ford took the Toronto District School Board to task on Tuesday saying spending is reckless and out of control. 

This comes after the board announced a $67 million budget shortfall. 

Scott Piatkowski is a trustee with the Waterloo Region District School Board, he says the information about budget cuts is factual. 

"There is certainly no recklessness and there is no scaremongering. If you hear something from a board employee or from staff about the impact of cuts, those are numbers that have been verified with the Ministry of Education."

He says he is frustrated about Ford's comments regarding reckless spending.

"In terms of real dollars, there will be a slight increase, but it's not enough to compensate for inflation, or enough to compensate for growth in enrollment."

Piatkowski says they are doing their best to avoid alarm and trying to minimize damage. 

Meantime, Amy Fee the Conservative MPP of Kitchener South-Hespeler says they are working hard to put money where it is needed most. "We cannot keep wasting money in this province and we need to make sure that the money we are spending on education gets into the classrooms."

Fee added, "We are increasing spending in education, and I think that's what is getting lost and getting missed in that messaging."

She says she is hoping the rhetoric will die down and there will be a better understanding by Ontarians of the hard work the Provincial government is putting into giving students the "best educations possible."




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